By Christina Pratt
Shamanism will be outlined because the perform of initiated shamans who're amazing by means of their mastery of a number of altered states of recognition. Shamanism arises from the activities the shaman takes in non-ordinary truth and the result of these activities in traditional truth. it's not a faith, but it calls for religious self-discipline and private sacrifice from the mature shaman who seeks the top levels of mystical improvement.
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Plotkin, M. , and T. , Shaman’s Drum 55 (2000). Schultes, Richard Evans, Albert Hofmann, and Christian Rätsch. Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2001. White, T. ” Shaman’s Drum 49 (Summer 1998): 21–29. Plant Medicines There are two general classes of plant medicines; those that are regarded as sacred and those known and used by the general population. The sacred plant medicines are primarily the hallucinogens with some medicinals and are used exclusively by or under the strict guidance of the shaman.
The shaman accesses and directs power through his or her knowledge of the supernatural or invisible reality and its relationship to the physical world. Intellectual knowledge is not enough to access power. Shamanic knowledge involves the ability to act and is gained through training, skill, and experience. Knowledge is mastered only when the shaman is capable of putting the information into action in a way that manifests the intended result. Power is hard to acquire. Power is always available; however, it usually comes only to individuals who seek it through personal action and sacrifice.
In short, they are grokked. The following are the defining qualities of plateau experiences. They are shared by peak experiences: 1. The entire universe is perceived of as an integrated and unified Whole in which the individual recognizes his or her place within that Whole. 2. The quality and quantity of concentration is greater and more focused, resulting in enhanced perception of total sight, sound, and feeling. The inherent equality in things emerges from this totality, replacing the human habit of arranging things in a hierarchy of importance.
An Encyclopedia of Shamanism: N-Z by Christina Pratt